In June 2007 I had a chance to spend just short of a week in Winnipeg. I had known about the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway and wanted to make sure to find the time to visit the railway. After some detective work I was able to find contact information for the railway. I couldn’t have asked for a more gracious welcome. On arriving at the railway’s offices I was greeted by my tour guide – the railway’s chief mechanic and I was led on a really great tour of the yard.
The railway was then, and still is, a fascinating operating museum. With no real active interchange they make do with a large fleet of very old rolling stock. I took some photos and the other night while doing some housekeeping on my computer I found some. I figured I’d post a gallery here to share them.
The railway would be an excellent subject for a model line. The equipment is all short and packed with character. The current motive power are former CP S-13’s though before these the line’s power was all 44 tonners – man what I’d give for a time machine!
Everything I have photographed was “operational”. Most trains run on the line are run to deliver supplies, equipment and workers.
If you ever have a chance to visit I strongly recommend the trip.